Creativity is Problem Solving

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I have another very special guest with me today. His name is David duChemin and I’ve been following his work for pretty much as long as I can remember. David, Welcome to the show!


Tell us a brief history of your career as a photographer.

You recently sent out an email to those on your list and I’d like to use that to start our conversation. The first one talks about your rules for photography. In it you talk about:

  1. Constraints
    I teach design and photography at a university, so I love this one. When my students don’t like an assignment I give them the “excuse that this is their “design challenge” i.e. constraints.
    Tell us about some of the recent constraints you put yourself under and how that has affected your creativity.
  2. Trust your gut
    Help us understand how this works out for you
  3. Sounds like your bottom line is these ideals help you make images that are truly your own. 
    When should a photographer be taking these steps of constraints and trusting their gut. From the very beginning? After some experience?

You then mentioned another comment, “Creativity is a work ethic more than it is a talent.”

            Wow, I want to put this in all my syllabi at the university… 

Help us understand the meaning behind this though. I think in one sense we get caught up with the notion that “I’m not as creative as so and so…” and what not. It seems that what you’re getting at here is that this comparison misses the mark. So… “creativity is a work ethic more than it is a talent.” Let’s unpack this a little bit more.

One last thing before we wrap it up, I recently switched to Fujifilm X-T3 and I love the change in the shooting experience. But I’m struggling a bit with getting my vision executed in post-production. You made that switch a little while ago, what changes in post-production did you experience, in any, or do you have any advice for someone like myself?

My biggest problem is a subject I shot on the Oregon Coast. A backlit sand dune. The results didn’t even look like sand. And it’s all about the processing for sure, but it’s really thrown me off a bit and I’m trying to do a good job to test things out and see if I can make it work for me. I’ve talked with Ibarionex Perello and Dan Bailey and now yourself, all Fujifilm shooters, and you’re all, and many others, are producing great work with it. I’ve just hit a bump in the road and I’m trying to overcome it…

Where can people find you online?

Tell me about your online courses, and where can listeners go to sign up for them?

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